It's National Families Week and Kinderling Conversation's been celebrating families in all their fabulous forms this week. From emergency foster carers to friends who became parents to families born around the world, we spoke to inspiring people who shared their own heartfelt experiences of family, kids and caring. Here are their stories...
Dad Matt Stegh co-parents with a friend
Matt says he always knew he wanted to be a dad, but he also knew he didn’t want to do it the conventional way. So, he found a friend. Fast forward nine years and he, his friend and his son make one successful and happy family.
Julie Green and Georgie Smart discuss blended families
"Communication, communication, communication," is what Julie Green, Executive Director of the Raising Children Network, told us it takes to make a happy blended family. Hear Julie's advice and Georgie Smart's personal experience of the challenging and rewarding aspects that make large blended families work.
Janet and Lisa discuss becoming foster carers
Janet and Lisa are respite and emergency foster carers for Stretch-a-Family in Sydney. They often take kids when they are at their most vulnerable, but they say that it’s fun, rewarding and that it makes a real difference.
Saman Shad had three babies on three different continents
Journalist Saman Shad talked us through travelling with tiny babies and toddlers, and explains what it's like bringing up mixed-race children in Australia today.
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Zoe Foster Blake: "Working from home means I do neither parenting, nor work, very well"
It takes guts to admit in this time of conscious parenting that what you do for work is actually a hugely important part of who you are.
Lying is actually good for children's brains, say scientists
"A third of two-year-olds, half of three-year-olds and 80 percent or more of children four and older will deny their transgression, regardless of their gender, race or family’s religion."
9 life lessons your new baby is quietly teaching you
Let these little pointers be an encouragement to you.
3 simple ways to connect with your kids after daycare (in just 20 mins)
Making the most of family time at the end of a hectic day.
Introducing Georgina Dent: a voice in media for Australian women
She's a women's advocate, mum and journalist, PLUS the host of our pocast Your Family, Your Money.
What was the weirdest thing you were scared of as a child?
The haunts of youth.
Quick as a wink: The types of mothers likely to give birth before reaching hospital
New research shows there are certain people more likely to give birth before reaching medical help.
Forget resilience, what our kids need is mental toughness
The new buzz phrase in parenting.